Cross Pointe Church

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1800 Satellite Boulevard
Duluth, GA 30097

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Sunday 9:15 AM

Sunday 11:00 AM

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678-812-4500

Stand Strong

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“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”  1 Corinthians 1:18

What kind of legacy do you want to leave on this earth?  When you are gone, how do you want to be remembered?  The Apostle Paul was not married and had no children. Yet he desired to invest in the next generation so that he would leave a legacy in the faith.  Timothy was the closest thing to an heir that Paul had.  He loved Timothy dearly and spent much of his Christian life discipling this young man.

Paul wrote two letters to Timothy when he was nearing the end of his life. They read like a final exhortation…as if Paul is carefully sharing the most important truths and advice with young Timothy. The letters are packed with warnings and wisdom that Paul has gained throughout his ministry.  But there is one charge given around which all of the warnings, advice and wisdom revolve.  It is found in 2 Timothy 4:2, where Paul wrote: “I give you this charge: Preach the Word.” 

This was Paul’s legacy… to preach the Word of God.  Sharing the gospel was his purpose. And there was something that Paul understood that many Christians have missed.  He knew not to use human wisdom to attempt to persuade others to follow Christ. To do so was futile, and it emptied the cross of its power.  Paul knew that only the power of God saves souls. No amount of smooth talk or intelligent arguments would bring a dead soul to life.  That is God’s work, not man’s. 

And this is Paul’s legacy… to his dear Timothy and to us today. Preach the Word! Share the Gospel! It is not our work to persuade or convince… we must simply tell.  Leave the conversion work to God, the author and perfector of faith. 

 Are you prepared to share the gospel with others? Have you hidden God’s Word in your heart so that you are ready when the Spirit prompts you to tell?  Are you praying for the lost, and for opportunities to share the truth in love?  What an incredible legacy to leave!   

Prayer: Dear Father, So often I lack boldness in my faith.  I need courage that only Your Spirit can give.  Please help me to rely on Your power and not my own to speak the truth of Your Word with conviction and compassion.  Make me an effective witness of the Gospel.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Be Bold

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“Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable Your servants to speak Your Word with great boldness.”  Acts 4:29

A blood-spattered Bible, retrieved from the Deeper Life Church in Gombe state after a Jan. 5, 2012, attack by Boko Haram militants, is a graphic symbol of what it means to be a Christian in northern Nigeria.  Church leader Chenma Ngwaba was speaking during a Thursday evening prayer meeting when three young extremists suddenly began firing weapons through the church window. “They were shooting everybody there,” said Chenma, who lost his wife and 10-year-old son that night. Chenma’s six-month-old daughter survived, but eight other believers were killed, and more than 20 were injured.

Despite horrific attacks like these, courageous believers at the Gombe church and others throughout Nigeria refuse to give in to fear. “Christians are not discouraged,” said Rev. Dr. Soja Bewarang, president of the Church of Christ in Nigeria. “We believe the scripture that Jesus told us, that if they persecuted Him they will do the same to us. We are not discouraged, but rather our faith on a daily basis has been increased.” 

This true story was taken from Voice of the Martyrs' November 2012 newsletter.  Intense suffering and persecution are still very real threats to Christians around the world.  And yet, even under to most dangerous and intense situations, they do not pray that the persecution would stop, but that they would be faithful and bold for Christ in the midst of it.  Can you imagine having such daring faith after losing both your wife and son right before your eyes?  Where do these believers get such boldness and passion for the Gospel?

The only possible answer is from Christ through the Holy Spirit.  Just as Peter and John prayed thousands of years ago for boldness and not relief, faithful disciples of Christ today are doing the same.  What about you?  Are you praying for deliverance from hard circumstances, or the boldness to walk through them faithfully so that Christ’s power is displayed through your life?

Prayer: Dear Father, So often I lack boldness in my faith.  I need courage that only Your Spirit can give.  Please help me to rely on Your power and not my own to speak the truth of Your Word with conviction and compassion.  Make me an effective witness of the Gospel.  Thank You for Your faithfulness to my brothers and sisters in Nigeria and for their example of what it means to stand boldly for You.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

in Faith

Shield of Faith

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“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade – kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.”  1 Peter 1:3-5

Most Christians know what God has done in the past to give us eternal life.  The sacrifice of His Son Jesus on the cross satisfied the wrath of God against sinners.  His resurrection from the dead made a way for us to be reborn, adopted into God’s family through faith.  God poured out His anger on Jesus so that we might be forgiven and cleansed from all unrighteousness.  

Most Christians also know what God will do in the future to complete our salvation.  Christ will return for His bride, the Church.  We will spend eternity in the presence of God, where an imperishable inheritance awaits all who persevere in the faith.  There will be no more tears, sickness, injustice, or death.

But what about now?  What about the period of time between our conversion and final salvation?  What about all of the temptations, struggles, anxiety, fear, suffering, and battles?  How many Christians know what God is doing for us right now, in the midst of our journey on this earth?  1 Peter 1:5 says that God is shielding us by His power until the coming salvation that will be revealed in the last day.  Furthermore, it says that we are shielded through faith.  

What an amazing thought, that God Almighty has not only acted on our behalf in the past to save us, and will not only act on our behalf in the future when He gives us our inheritance but is also actively protecting us now by His great power through faith.  It is no coincidence that among the pieces of our armor, as listed in Ephesians 6:16, is the “shield of faith.”  And we are instructed to: “Take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all of the flaming arrows of the evil one.” 

What is God protecting us from?  It isn’t death, because for a believer that would just be an instant entry into heaven.  It’s not suffering, because in the next few verses Peter explains how suffering builds our faith.  He does protect us from Satan, but he does not threaten our inheritance.  There is only one thing a believer needs protection from, only one thing that can keep someone from heaven, and that is unbelief.  God’s power protects us by sustaining our faith.  We must stand firm in our faith until the end to be saved (Matthew 10:22), and it is God’s power alone that makes that possible. 

Perhaps this is why Hebrews 12:2 exhorts us to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, “the author and perfecter” of our faith.  As long as our eyes are on Him and not our circumstances, our faith will continue to deepen.  He is all the security we will ever need.    

Prayer: Dear God, I am awed by Your active work in my life.  Not only have You given me life, but You are also sustaining me daily.  You have not promised me an easy life, but You have promised to protect me by Your power.  Help me to keep my eyes on You.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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